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Preview: Africa Unchained

Emergent Africa

Inspired by George Ayittey's book 'Africa Unchained'.

Updated: 2017-05-29T10:53:49.478-04:00


Lessons for Africa from India's development


CNBC in conversation with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala:
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Sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor on creating an interstellar coming-of-age story


Andrew Liptak writing in the Verge:
Nnedi Okorafor is one of the most exciting authors writing science fiction and fantasy today, and we really enjoyed her Binti stories when we read them earlier this year. She’s currently an associate professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Buffalo, and has won widespread acclaim for her work, including the World Fantasy, Hugo, and Nebula awards...[more]

Chroma: An Ode to J.D Okhai Ojeikere by Medina Dugger.


Jamie Matroos writing in Design Indaba:
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The late Nigerian photographer J.D Okhai Ojeikere photographed over one thousand different Nigerian hairstyles over the course of his career. African hair braiding methods date back thousands of years and Nigerian hair culture is a rich and often extensive process which begins in childhood. The methods and variations are influenced by social and cultural patterns, historical events and globalisation. Hairdos range from being purely decorative to conveying deeper, more symbolic understandings, revealing social status, age and tribal or family traditions. While Ojeikere’s work was documentary in style, Nigeria-based photographer Medina Dugger pays homage to his work with her own contemporary approach. Her ongoing photo series Chroma: An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, injects colour and vibrancy into the work, celebrating the art of current Nigerian hair culture.
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Why are so many young Greeks turning to farming? - Lessons for Africa


In Aljazeera :
"For years, Greek farmers didn't brand or bottle their olive oil. Instead, they'd sell it to Italy and Spain in bulk. There, it was bottled and sold as Italian or Spanish olive oil around the world. With the crisis, many Greek farmers decided to stop selling their olive oil in bulk and to instead bottle their own product, create a brand and market it around the world on their own."
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Africa Design Award


Africa Design Award is a platform of African design, a real melting pot where all the actors of design (designers, design agencies, companies have integrated the notion of design in their strategy of development, states, local communities, associations, architects, craftsmen, etc.), from the continent, to express it, know-how and highlight all their talent, creativity and vision in the service of Africa.

Collective Action on Corruption in #Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions


A report from Chatham House:
This report explores corruption in Nigeria as a collective practice – one that is primarily an aggregate of individual behaviours that are sustained by particular beliefs and expectations. Careful understanding of the factors that drive relevant behaviours should be a critical component of government actions to reduce corruption.
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Identifying the specific social drivers of specific collective practices is key to designing targeted and effective policy interventions to change those practices. This is because not all collective practices, regardless of how pernicious, are driven by a social norm.
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Unlock the potential of African entrepreneurs for accelerating Africa’s industrial transformation


A post African Economic Outlook:
“The key to successful development in Africa is to nurture the emerging culture of entrepreneurship, to use the famous words of Hernando De Soto, “el otro sendero” (the other path) for development; a path that can unleash high-octane creativity and transform opportunities into phenomenal realisations,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Regional Director for Africa at the United Nations Development Programme.

To turn the challenge of higher population growth into an opportunity, making Africa’s new industrial revolution successful is paramount. Twenty-six African countries today have an industrialisation strategy in place. But most of these strategies tend to emphasise the role of large manufacturing companies at the expense of entrepreneurs in sectors with the potential for high growth and employment creation, including start-ups and small and medium-sized firms. Businesses with fewer than 20 employees and less than five years’ experience provide the bulk of jobs in Africa’s formal sector. Additionally, the advent of digital technologies and new business models is blurring the boundaries between manufacturing – which is now bouncing back at 11% of Africa’s GDP - and the services sector. Industrialisation strategies thus need to support other sectors where African economies have comparative advantage, such as agri-businesses, tradable services and renewable energy. New strategies need to avoid dependence on businesses that are not environmentally friendly.

“African economies cannot miss out on their next production transformation. Entrepreneurs should be lead actors in Africa’s journey into the fourth industrial revolution,” said Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development.
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We must rethink the education system in the age of AI


Rand Hindi writes
Solving the AI and Job crisis isn’t about solving mass unemployment. It’s about solving mass continuous education.
Instead of being stuck in a career based on what we studied many years ago, we will study continuously throughout our lives and change jobs as easily as we move houses.
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Naturally Learn in an Emergent Way - AltSchool


At AltSchool:
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A New Economy - A Documentary


A New Economy
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Collaborate with other sectors to address our common challenges - Not Just For Scientists


Rachel Armstrong writes:
In my work I take an alternative approach to environmental design that couples the computational properties of the natural world with the productivity of soils. I call the synthesis that occurs between these systems and their inhabitants “living” architecture. I believe converging multiple disciplines in this way offers us the best way of achieving sustainable innovation...[more]

An Economic Strategy for The Gambia?


Sanjay G Reddy writing in Developing Economics

A new study has confirmed the science behind an ancient form of birth control


Revisiting indigenous science and traditional remedies. Katherine Ellen Foley writes:
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...women had found ways to temporarily make themselves infertile. Some of these were fairly horrific, like shoving wads of crocodile dung or cat testicles into the vaginal canal, but others were more tolerable, like eating certain plants. One of these plants is the thunder god vine, or Tripterygium wilfordii.

Now scientists have figured out how the thunder god vine works to prevent pregnancy. In a paper published (paywall) on May 15 by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers figured out how a compound in the plant actually prevents sperm from being able to fertilize the egg. Their work could lead to an alternative to the hormonal birth control pill.
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p2p Economics


Michel Bauwens, founder of the p2p Foundation, gives a brief overview of peer-2-peer economy
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Workshops in Finance & Management by ASE


From the African School of Economics:
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Africa Writes 2017


Over at Brittle Paper:
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For 3 days every year, London becomes the Mecca of African literature. Literature lovers all over the city gather together at the Africa Writes book festival to celebrate African writing and enjoy a rich fare of readings, lectures, performances, book launches, and more more. If this year’s festival, slated for June 30 to July 2, is anything like last year’s, there will be over 60 participants and writers from many different countries around the world sharing their work and their ideas with over 2000 attendees...[more]

The Business of Education in Africa


A report:
If you care about the future of education in Africa please read it - Ellen Sirleaf
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An explosive alternative scene is thriving in #Kinshasa #DRC meet KOKOKO!


In Time

KOKOKO! is an explosive new musical collective that thrives on ingenuity and induces a frenetic trance...[more]
 A music collective from the DRC:
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Refugee Innovation


via The Prepaid Economy. From Alexander Betts, Louise Bloom, and Nina Weaver:
Humanitarian innovation that starts with communities
Even under the most challenging constraints, people find ways to engage in creative problem solving.Refugees, displaced persons, and others caught in crisis often have skills, talents, and aspirations that they draw upon to adapt to difficult circumstances. Although ‘humanitarian innovation’has been increasingly embraced by the humanitarian world, this kind of ‘bottom-up’ innovation by crisis-affected communities is often neglected in favour of a sector-wide focus on improving the effectiveness of organisational response to crisis. This oversight disregards the capabilities and adaptive resourcefulness that people and communities affected by conflict and disaster often demonstrate.
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ALU is Reimagining the University


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Africa must start by treating agriculture as a business


Over at Agricouncil Akinwumi Adesina writes:
No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation for African economies...[more]

THE GUNS OF OCTOBER: How The Invasion Of Somalia Changed Kenya


Patrick Gathara writing in Elephant:
When Kenyan troops crossed the proverbial Rubicon and entered Somalia nearly six years ago, it caught almost everyone by surprise. It was Kenya’s first sustained and significant foray into its troubled neighbors territory and ran counter to the country’s historic pacifism -at least in international if not necessarily in domestic, affairs- as well as against the grain of the advice she had received from her much more experienced friends and patrons in the international community...[more]